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• Because they are afraid of getting in trouble, children this age may deny having done something wrong.  ey need to knowthat it is normal to make mistakes and that everyone is wrong sometimes.  ey need to learn to be truthful with themselves and others.  is is especially important as they prepare to celebrate Reconciliation.•  eyarecapableofsin. eycanunderstand,withpracticeand examples, the di erence between mistakes, accidents, and sin.  ey are ready to acknowledge and take responsibility for actions that are wrong because they disobey God.  ey can appreciate the importance of saying “I’m sorry” and making things right again.•  ey want to be part of a group.  is tendency plays in your favor when you discuss the Sacraments of Initiation and belong- ing to the Church. It also means that they are happy to work in small groups, as long as the task is clear and simple. But they can also form cliques. Remind them often that all are welcome and treated with respect in your class and in the Church.LESSON PLANSReceive and Share the Good News! page 4To introduce this book and their weekly lessons, announce that you have some good news. Be enthusiastic so the children will respond with delight and eagerness. Engage in a short discussion about how they feel about good news. Conclude that good news is exciting. We want to tell it and we want to hear it.Share your good news, which can be something like a treat at the end of class, or a game to be played outside, or an invited guest. Invite children to share other good news they have heard or told lately.Be sure the children understand that the word Gospel means “Good News.” Help them to  nd the Gospels in the Bible and to learn the names of the evangelists in the order that their Gospels appearin the New Testament—Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. Knowing the order will help them locate the Gospel they are looking for more quickly.BELIEVEWhat Does It Mean to Believe? page 5Invite children to give other examples from everyday life of when they have to trust or believe someone. Did they believe your good news? Why? Help them see that everything depends on the trust- worthiness of the person making the promise.Let each child tell a story (true or made up) about• aparent• acoach• ateacher• apersononTV• asports gureDoes the rest of the class believe the story? Why or why not?Play a game of “telephone.” Sit in a circle or line with the children. Whisper your good news to the child sitting beside you. Let each in turn pass along the good news.  e last child in line will announce the good news. Did the good news survive intact?6Point out that the Apostles passed on the Good News of Jesus.  ey had to be careful to tell it correctly and to be faithful to the teach- ing of Jesus.  e Church, too, has passed on and continues to pass on the Good News of Jesus.  e Church is faithful to preserving the whole truth of Jesus.What the Church Believes and TeachesThe Apostles’ Creed, page 6 ere are several strategies you can use to help children learn prayers such as the Apostles’ Creed.•  ebestisrepetition.SobeginbyprayingtheApostles’Creedas a group during each class meeting. At  rst, let the children look at the prayer in their books. When the prayer becomes more famil- iar, have them try it without the books.• Studytheprayerwiththechildren.Helpthemseethatthereare three sections: one dedicated to God the Father, one to God the Son, and one to the Holy Spirit.1.  e  rst section is very short and acknowledges God as Father and Creator.2.  e second section follows the life of Jesus—conception, birth, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension.3.  e third section tells about the Holy Spirit’s action through the Church today and in the future.• Ask children to memorize the prayer one section at a time.• Usesentencecards.Make ashcardswithonesentenceofthe prayer on each card. You could make one set for each child or several sets for small group work.1. Challenge the children to put the cards in order and to see which group can complete the task  rst.2. Give each child one card. Ask children to line up in order of the prayer. (Each child needs to  nd the children whose sentences precede and follow his or her own sentence.) When they are lined up in the correct order, have each child read his or her sentence.• Makecopiesoftheprayer,substitutingblanklinesforsomekey words. Ask the children to write in the correct words.The Holy Trinity, page 7Present the Holy Trinity as a relationship of love.  e closest human comparison is a family. Use pictures to help children grasp the concept—actual photographs, photographs from a family maga- zine,  annel board people, illustrations from the Internet. A man and woman get married because they love each other.  eir love is a living and active love,  owing between them.  eir love for each other brings forth another person, a child. Without losing theirlove for each other, the husband and wife love their child and their child loves each of them. Together, they are a family.  ey are three persons in one family.Print the word GOD on the chalkboard or on newsprint.  ere are three di erent letters, but together they are one word.  e letters are not the same, but they are all necessary parts of the word GOD. Erase one of the letters. Is it the same? Without any one of the letters, the word would not be GOD.  ere are three letters in one word.  ere are  ree Persons in one God.

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